Medical cannabis has made its way into the treatment procedures of diseases like AIDS, Cancer and Chronic Migraines. It has now been put to test for its effects on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The Medical Marijuana study for PTSD revolved around examining the endocannabinoid system and the results from administration of THC.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that is caused due a disturbing event that may happen to an individual or by witnessing something terrifying like deaths or accidents. Traumatic events leave a series of problems behind long after they are over. The process of recovering may not be a smooth road. If a person has trouble coping, most doctors recommend medication to help deal with it.
New Research suggests that cannabis might just be the key to a healthier alternative to treating PTSD.
The DEA for the longest time had denied the medical potential of pot. However, in a major shift in policy, medical marijuana is being considered and put up for trial. Earlier experiments with cannabis included conducting tests on rats. The research succeeded in proving the neurological basis and behavioral effects of cannabis. Researchers opened up to human trails with the DEA approving a study to be conducted by The Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies.
How will PTSD help Veterans?
The PTSD study will be conducted on 76 veterans who have PTSD and have undergone treatment previously that did not lead to desirable results. Army veterans are known to use marijuana to cope with the anxiety, depression, flashbacks and nightmares that follow traumatic experiences of their military life. Several users stated that it helped relieve symptoms or enhanced the effect of the medication they consumed for PTSD.
Veterans are often victims of post traumatic disorder. Therapy is a slow gradual process and many patients need something quicker, more short-term that can help them sleep easy or get rid of the anxiety. Mental health has a very important place in maintaining overall well-being and so PTSD is be a very real problem affecting the daily lives of veterans.
Testing the Marijuana plant, and placing it as a legal medical drug is certainly a first for the DEA. Currently 24 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. While it effects on some diseases has been determined, the outcome of its affect in treating patients of PTSD remains subject to the upcoming trial. It is a pivotal step moving forward and testing the risks and benefits of medical marijuana on PTSD.